Today I’d like to show you a real quick bench re-upholster! I am not a pro at this and there are better ways to upholster, but it worked quite well for me and I’m happy with how fast I could change the look of this little bench.
Ok, so let me tell you that this bench hasn’t always been a bench. While living in Canada, my mother in law picked it up for me when her neighbours moved out and had left it on the curb. It was a coffee table in a very dark brown. I don’t have pictures of it before, cause I wasn’t blogging back then. It wasn’t really my kind of thing and I wasn’t looking for a coffee table either at the time, but I really liked that it was, and still is, very stable and in great shape! [even though those legs look anything but stable, hey? but they are!]
So I sat on it and thought, why not make into a bench instead? I got fabric, a staple gun, upholstery tacks, spray paint for the legs and found a piece of thick foam at Walmart at the time. And I thought it had turned out great!
This bench had been used quite a lot of times when we had people over and needed extra seating. My girls fit both perfectly on it, sitting at the dining room table and we are using it a lot of times! It is still super stable but I wasn’t loving the fabric anymore.
I was thinking at first to remove the fabric, but then thought, that I might like it again in the future and will maybe want to change the look back, who knows right?? So, I only took out the upholstery tags from around the outside of the bench. It was still stapled underneath.
Unfortunately, my staple gun wasn’t working for some reason, but I really wanted to get going, plus, I was too lazy to drive to the store and get a new one. Let me show you how this can work without staples!
So, I just put the new fabric over the bench and turned the whole thing around. I cut around it to have less fabric on the sides, but still enough to fold it in nicely, always making sure it was nice and tight. I used my upholstery tacks to secure the fabric all around the bench, except for the corners.
Then, I cut off as much fabric as possible at the corners, but still making sure that I had enough to tuck in.
You want to make sure to tuck it in the same way on each of the four corners.
My “new” bench was done! I think it took me like half an hour or so! The tacks work great and you can’t see them underneath, which is great cause I didn’t really like those anymore either.
I was just staging the bench for my post here, it actually sits at the back end of my dining room table, infront of our huge window, where it fits in perfectly I think. But in front of that window it’s really hard to take nice photos, so here is, where I have it for now, until we have guests over and need more seating at the table!
What do you think? Do you like my quick bench re-upholster??